600 Walnut St.
Cincinnati Ohio 45202United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Outstanding Mexican food shines in this fun downtown atmosphere.
Nada had us at the Nadarita ($7), the house margarita that is one of the best we've had (they offer six kinds). But the goodness keeps coming: fresh-baked chips (layers of flakiness that hang together just right) with salsa (true, most Mexican restaurants bring them for free, but these are worth the $2) and chicken taquito appetizers ($8) packed with a bounty of flavors (shredded chicken, cilantro, tomatillos) in such a tiny piece of fried goodness. The menu has a broad range of offerings that go beyond your typical Mexican hangout, including grilled adobo rubbed pork chops ($24) and lamb mole ($23), but we didn't make it past the (soft) tacos, which come three to a plate. The mahimahi tacos ($16) feature crispy fish, blended with carefully balanced guacamole (just the right amount of lime) and cabbage. The pork belly tacos ($16) don't disappoint either (the best way to describe them is pork fat goodness). The charred green beans ($4) have an interesting sweet flavor (we think it's allspice), and if you possibly have room for dessert, the warm chocolate torte with ice cream ($8) is a good ending. Very little here is low-fat, so it's not ideal if you're trying to count calories, but the splurge is worth it. With two stories of brightly painted orange walls, the place has great energy and is part of the movement to wake up a sleepy Cincinnati after dark.